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Partnership provides students in 110 schools with more access to healthy foods

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is providing Food Depot Alimentaire with up to $550,000 to give more students in need better access to healthy foods. From left: Anglophone East School District superintendent Randolph MacLean; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson; Breakfast Club of Canada co-founder and government relations ...

Agriculture ministers reach new partnership agreement, invest new funds to support the sector

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson and her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts have reached an agreement in principle for the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, at their annual meeting in Saskatoon. From left: federal Agriculture and Agri Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Johnson.

New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre celebrates 40th anniversary

The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre is marking its 40th anniversary this year, and an official celebration was held on Sunday. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson and Laurent Robichaud, aquarium director.

Atlantic agriculture ministers unified in supporting industry

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson met with her Atlantic counterparts to discuss approaches for the next agricultural policy framework and potential opportunities for collaboration to support the sector. From left: Prince Edward Island Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson; Johnson; Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Derrick Bragg; and Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Greg Morrow.

Official visit of the consul general of Japan

In his first official visit to New Brunswick, Consul General Jun Saito of Japan met with Premier Blaine Higgs as well as with Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson and Arlene Dunn, minister responsible for Economic Development and Small Business and also for Opportunities NB. This visit is intended to strengthen economic relations between Japan and New Brunswick. From ...

Official visit of the consul general of the United States

In her first official visit to New Brunswick today, Consul General Lyra S. Carr of the United States met with Premier Blaine Higgs as well as with Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn who is also minister responsible for Economic Development and Small Business, minister responsible for Opportunities NB, and minister responsible for ...

New international brand and logo unveiled

New Brunswick exported more than $2.2 billion in seafood products to more than 70 countries around the world last year, setting a new sales record. This was bolstered by $1.2 billion in lobster sales, the province’s top-exported seafood product. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson shows off the department’s new brand and logo for use in food and beverage ...

Annual General Meeting of the Egg Farmers of New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson recently attended the Egg Farmers of New Brunswick’s Annual General Meeting in Fredericton. From left: Brian Douglas, chair, Farm Products Council of Canada; Johnson; Hans Kristensen, chair, Egg Farmers of New Brunswick and Roger Pelissero, chair, Egg Farmers of Canada.

Summer tour to promote local food and beverages

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson shows off the vehicle department staff will be using to tour around to encourage New Brunswickers to take advantage of the abundance of local food and beverages available across the province.

Agricultural Excellence Conference

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore attended the 2019 Agricultural Excellence Conference in Fredericton recently. The event was presented by Farm Management Canada and welcomed more than 170 participants from across Canada to hear from experts and exchange insights on topics currently affecting farm businesses. The conference theme was Cultivating Resilience. From left: Joerg Zimmermann, chair of Farm Management ...

Visit to agriculture learning laboratory at Oromocto High School

Premier Blaine Higgs and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore visited the agriculture learning laboratory at Oromocto High School recently. The initiative provides students with an opportunity to learn about agriculture through practical experience. From left: Wetmore; Higgs; student Tyler Carr; and Andrew Mathis, a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick who is working with the students ...

Annual premier's open house event

Economic Development and Small Business Minister Mary Wilson (left) and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore took part in the annual premier's open house, which was held on Dec. 4 in Fredericton.

Ambassador of Norway visits New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) met with Anne Kari H. Ovind, Norway’s ambassador to Canada, on Nov. 26, in Fredericton. Norway is an important importer of New Brunswick seafood with many opportunities to expand. Discussions focused on market opportunities as well as a number of areas of mutual interest including ocean economy, research and aquaculture.

Meeting with South Korea’s ambassador

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore met with South Korea’s ambassador to Canada Maeng-ho Shin and other business representatives in Fredericton on Nov. 25. Thanks to recent efforts, South Korea has now become New Brunswick’s second-largest lobster market. During the meeting, discussions focused on ways to solidify relationships and further increase exports. In October, Wetmore was in South Korea ...

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take our kids to work is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada during which students step into the working world for a day. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Grade 9 students had the opportunity to accompany a parent/guardian, family friend or volunteer host to the workplace for the day. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Natural Resources ...

National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day was celebrated on July 13 at Potato World in Florenceville-Bristol. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and department staff participated in the festivities, promoting the province’s locally sourced food products.

Minister visits Shediac Lobster Festival

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore attended the Shediac Lobster Festival on Wednesday and enjoyed part of a 69-metre (226-foot) lobster roll assembled by a team from the community. The giant lobster roll, which surpassed the team’s record from previous festivals, contained 77 kilograms (170 pounds) of lobster meat, 24 heads of lettuce and 16 litres of dressing sauce.

New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre dives into the 2019 tourist season

The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan opened for the season with a public celebration on Sunday, June 2. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore; Roger Robichaud, director of Fisheries and Strategic Initiatives at the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; and Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Robert Gauvin.

Visit by federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) and Energy and Resource Development Minister Mike Holland (right) met with federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. Issues discussed included crab fishing season and opening more lakes for recreational fishing.

Visit by federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (right) met recently with federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Topics discussed included increasing agriculture in New Brunswick; the importance of supply management in the dairy sector; attracting new farmers, including immigration; and how Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada could participate in the aquaculture industry.

Consul general of Japan visits New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) and Economic Development and Small Business Minister Mary Wilson (right) met with the consul general of Japan, Osamu Izawa. Issues discussed included seafood exports, blueberries, cranberries and opportunities in the information technology industry.

66th Annual Carleton County Spring Show and Sale

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) visited the 66th Annual Carleton County Spring Show and Sale. Among the participants Wetmore spent time with was River Valley 4-H club member Lane Findlater.

New Brunswick’s seafood industry well represented at Boston seafood show

More than 100 New Brunswick seafood producers participated at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America in Boston. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Canada’s Consul General in Boston, David Alward.

Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month

March is Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month, a time to encourage children to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including reading books about farming and food, watching videos and meeting with farmers and others in the agriculture industry. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore visited students at École des Bâtisseurs in Fredericton.

Funding for awareness campaign of New Brunswick food products

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick, with funding from the provincial government, launched a public awareness campaign that emphasizes the benefits of buying local products. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Tim Livingstone of Strawberry Hill Farm in Pembroke.